Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Giddy and talkative; foolish.|
|Synonyms:||rattlepated, scatterbrained, scatty|
|Usage:||Grandpa's rattlebrained, crackpot ideas always made us laugh.|
Idiom of the Day
— To have or be in the midst of a romantic or sexual affair with someone. A colloquial variant of "have something going (with someone)."
Basketball Star Earvin "Magic" Johnson Announces He Has HIV (1991)
Johnson had been a basketball star for more than a decade when he announced, at a press conference, that he had tested positive for HIV and would retire. He vowed to battle the disease, while confirming that neither his pregnant wife nor their unborn child was infected. As a popular athlete, Johnson helped combat the stigma of HIV, which was then predominantly associated with disproportionately affected groups such as drug addicts and homosexuals.
Lise Meitner (1878)
|An eminent Austrian physicist, Meitner fled Nazi Germany for Sweden in 1938. There, she formulated the concept of nuclear fission and proposed the term for the process. Though the Nobel Prize for the discovery went to physicist Otto Hahn, the element meitnerium was named in her honor. She was critical of scientists who remained in Germany during the Nazi era yet staunchly refused to participate in the atomic bomb research that resulted from her work.|
Melbourne Cup Day
The only public holiday in the world dedicated to a horse race, Melbourne Cup Day has been observed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, since the first Cup race was held there in 1867. For those who attend, it is a particularly glamorous event: the champagne flows, huge sums of money are wagered, and the women wear lavish hats while the men turn out in grey top hats and dark morning suits. A six-week festival, known as the Spring Racing Carnival, leads up to the big day and lasts well into November.
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1665 - "The London Gazette" was first published.
1874 - The Republican party of the U.S. was first symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly.
1893 - The state of Colorado granted its women the right to vote.
1914 - The "New Republic" magazine was printed for the first time.
1916 - Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress.
1929 - The Museum of Modern Art in New York City opened to the public.
1940 - The middle section of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state collapsed during a windstorm. The suspension bridge had opened to traffic on July 1, 1940.
1944 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first person to win a fourth term as president.
1963 - The comedy "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" premiered in Hollywood.
1963 - Elston Howard, of the New York Yankees, became the first black player to be named the American League's Most Valuable Player.
1965 - The "Pillsbury Dough Boy" debuted in television commercials.
1973 - New Jersey became the first U.S. state to permit girls to play on Little League baseball teams.
1989 - L. Douglas Wilder won the governor's race in Virginia, becoming the first elected African-American state governor in U.S. history.
1989 - David Dinkins was elected and become New York City's first African-American mayor.
1999 - Tiger Woods became the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win four straight tournaments.
2000 - Hillary Rodham Clinton made history as the first president's wife to win public office. The state of New York elected her to the U.S. Senate. (New York)